1. How can I sign up to be a volunteer?
2. How do I find out what is available?
3. What happens with my application after it's complete?
4. Do you offer internships at Rocky Mountain?
5. What are the general qualifications for Volunteer Positions?
6. Is there a minimum amount of time I have to volunteer?
7. Is housing (campsite, RV or room) available?
8. Is there a specific uniform?
9. What benefits can I expect to receive as a volunteer?
10. Can I use a government computer?
11. What reimbursements are available?
12. What if I get injured as a volunteer?
13. Can I get educational or community service credit for volunteering?
14. Can my group volunteer for a project?
15. Can I suggest my own volunteer project?
16. Are there other places like Rocky Mountain National Park where I can volunteer?
17. I read in the brochure that several opportunities are for the "summer season," how long is that?
18. Do you have options for Eagle Scouts?
19. I am a current volunteer, how can I apply for a new opportunity?
20. I don't have time to volunteer. How else can I contribute?
How can I sign up to be a volunteer?
There are two avenues for applying to be a volunteer at Rocky Mountain National Park. All of our available positions that we're currently recruiting for can be found on our website: www.nps.gov/romo/supportyourpark/volunteer.htm You can click on the link that says "current volunteer opportunities". This will show you a list of all of our available opportunities. If you find a position title that interests you, you can click on it and it will take you to the full position description on www.volunteer.gov. There, you will also find an "apply now" button associated with each available position. Please apply to any position that you're interested, available and qualified for. Please note that the majority of our volunteer positions do not come with free housing or camping… so for the most part, you must live in the commuting area of Rocky Mountain National Park. Please check the housing status and availability of the position before you submit an application. Please be as thorough as possible on your application with regards to your experience and qualifications. Keep in mind that the majority of our volunteer opportunities are competitive. We might receive 10 applications for every 1 opening.
How do I find out what is available?
All of our current openings are listed on the website at: www.nps.gov/romo/supportyourpark/volunteer_openings.htm . Please read the information for each volunteer opportunity, determine which position(s) you are interested in and then fill out the application. It is best to select volunteer positions for which you not only have an interest, but also those that matches your skills and experiences. The majority of our positions are recruited for approximately 5 months prior to their start date. For example, we begin recruiting for the summer in January or February... so it's extremely beneficial to start looking and applying early.
What happens with my application after it is complete?
After completing the application, it will be forwarded through the Volunteer Coordinator to the person responsible for supervising the volunteer position. The Supervisor is responsible for the selection for selecting volunteers for the particular position(s).. Some supervisors will interview for the volunteer opportunities much like a job, and some might request to speak with references. Additional questions and reference-checking is often the case for positions that are full-time and come with government housing or free camping.
Do you offer internships at Rocky Mountain?
Yes! Each year, Rocky Mountain requests the help of college students and recent graduates to take part in our internship progam. Check our internship page for current openings:
www.nps.gov/romo/supportyourpark/internships.htm. We also bring on interns through the Student Conservation Association: http://thesca.org. The SCA has opportunities for people of all ages - from 15 on up.
What are the general qualifications for volunteer positions?
We are seeking people who have an ability to communicate with the public, like to work hard, and have a sincere desire to help protect the resources of Rocky Mountain National Park. To accomplish this, we must select the most qualified and dedicated volunteer candidates. There is competition for our volunteer positions and we strive to select those applicants who are best qualified. Each volunteer opportunity has a different set of qualifications. For instance, some positions require technical skills, like experience identifying birds by sight and sound. Other positions require volunteers to be great communicators and team-players. Check the qualifications listed for each announcement to see which position(s) you're qualified for.
Is there a minimum amount of time I have to volunteer?
Time commitments vary for each position. Some supervisors are simply looking for volunteers to substitute intermittently, while others require a set one or two day per week commitment. Normally, the minimum hours will be posted on the opportunity announcement. For positions that come with housing (an apartment or free campsite) volunteers must commit a minimum of 32 hours/week. Each volunteer opportunity will list whether or not there is housing available and the amount of time committment they are looking for.
Is housing (tent campsite, RV site or room) available?
There are very few volunteer opportunities that come with free housing or a free full-time campsite. It will list explicitly on the position description whether or not housing or camping is available for a specific position. Please look closely, if there is camping or housing available, it will be stated. For intermittent volunteers who live one hour or more away from the park, free camping might be available either before or after the day you are assigned to work. Free camping is only available in connection with a scheduled volunteer assignment or project and is extremely limited. No hookups are available for these free campsites and they are available on a first-come, first-serve basis through the Volunteer Office..
Is there a specific uniform for volunteers?
Depending on the position, you may either be required to wear a uniform or allowed to wear your regular clothing. If required, the volunteer uniform consists of dark brown, tan, gray, or black pants, a tan shirt, and a dark brown hat. Volunteers should check with their supervisors to see if they are required to wear a specific color. If not, any of the listed colors are fine. Shirts, hats, and a limited supply of brown pants are available for checkout from the Volunteer Office. You are also welcome to purchase your own pair of brown pants. Pictured below are some of our volunteers in the required uniform.